Projecting this year’s top fantasy RBs

By Mike Harmon fantasy football writer

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Fantasy owners are facing a huge dilemma during 2010 drafts.

The age of the 20-carry workhorse tailback has faded into the rear-view mirror save for a handful of players. Committees are en vogue right now, as only 15 players rushed for at least 1,000 yards during 2009. That contrasts sharply to the 22 players who accomplished the feat during 2006.

The new-world order puts additional players onto the fantasy radar, as owners seek out a pass-catching specialist or goal-line vulture to fill a third running back or flex spot on their rosters.

In 2009, one player captured our imagination and dominated the highlight reel at the tailback position. I mean no disrespect to the effort of Maurice Jones-Drew or Adrian Peterson, but 2009 was the year of Chris Johnson.

He leads my analysis of the projected rushing leaders for 2010.

1. Chris Johnson, Tennessee

Analysis: Johnson posted a tremendous rookie season in 2008, but he got lost in the chatter about top backs somewhat because of the presence of goal-line powerhouse LenDale White. A slimmed-down White was a non-factor in 2009 as Johnson ran over and around would-be tacklers for a mind-blowing 2,000-yard season. He rushed for at least 83 yards in 14 games last season, and if it weren